Continental market gets thumbs down from council
TRADERS in Weston town centre have suffered a big loss after North Somerset Council refused permission for a Continental market on the Italian Gardens.
TRADERS in Weston town centre have suffered 'a big loss' after North Somerset Council refused permission for a Continental market on the Italian Gardens.
Town Centre manager, Steve Townsend, says businesses will not benefit from the increased number of shoppers the market brings.
He said: "We have Had Continental markets on the town square but stall-holders do not make enough money. The one held on the Italian Gardens last year was a success.
"And we know from the police that antisocial behaviour goes down dramatically when we hold these types of events.
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"I think it is a big loss because the market would have given people a reason to come in to the town centre. We know that it increases footfall.
"It makes money and it is a nice thing to have in the town."
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The unitary authority's licensing committee rejected plans for the sale of olives, breads and cheeses on the site after it received an objection from a High Street trader.
The market, which would run for four days at a time, was due to take place from March 27-30.